'We said that against Villa': Carragher not impressed by £140k-a-week Liverpool player v Leicester
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'We said that against Villa': Carragher not impressed by £140k-a-week Liverpool player v Leicester

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher criticised Reds forward Darwin Nunez during the Reds’ Premier League meeting with Leicester.

The Liverpool summer signing has been finding his feet after a difficult start to life at Anfield.

However, Nunez is continuing to struggle in front of goal, wasting numerous great opportunities.

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This was the case against Manchester City and Aston Villa.

And on Friday night, he spurned several good chances against Leicester.

Carragher, commentating on Sky Sports, criticised Nunez after he fired over the bar in the 78th minute.

“He’s got to be putting more of these chances away,” he said (30/12, 21:40).

“On another night he could have had a hat-trick? We said that against Man City. We said that against Aston Villa.

“He’s always going to get a lot of chances in this team.”

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To be fair, Nunez did pretty well overall against Leicester.

The £140,000-a-week forward was at the heart of most good things Liverpool did on the night.

He was unlucky with the second Wout Faes own goal, as his shot came back off the inside of the post.

At the same time, you can’t blame Carragher for slating Nunez, given he’s failing to put away some good chances.

Nonetheless, it’ll surely come. Nunez will become more clinical in front of goal and it’ll be great to see.

‘Going to be a top-class signing’

Meanwhile, BBC Sport pundit Paul Robinson believes Nunez isn’t far off finally becoming a prolific goal threat for Liverpool.

“Nunez couldn’t hit the target tonight but his interaction with Mo Salah looked better than I’ve seen previously,” he said on Radio 5 Live (30/12, 22:22).

“He played Salah in a couple of times. His confidence, his hold-up play, his runs in behind – he looks like he’s going to be a top-class signing for them.

“I honestly believe that he’s one or two goals from really kicking off the mark.”

Robinson is spot on – it’s not like Nunez is playing badly. He’s just struggling to find the back of the net.

Before he got injured, Gabriel Jesus was going through a bit of a scoring drought for Arsenal.

And not many fans were complaining because he was doing so much more than that.

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